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One of the biggest Canadian fights of the year is less than two weeks away and tickets are a hot item as rising Quebec star Yves Ulysse Jr. and Alberta’s Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett prepare to throw-down Oct. 27 at Montreal’s MTelus. Promoter Eye of the Tiger Management noted on their social media this week tickets have been in high demand and the event is approaching a complete sell out. Scheduled for ten rounds, the attractive showdown will take place at a gala presented by Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and InterBox, in association with Videotron, and will also feature Simon Kean, Steven Butler, Batyr Jukembayev and many more.
Ulysse and Claggett are ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively by Boxrec among Canadian super lightweights. The anticipated bout marks the third fight in the last year or so pitting two top Canadians in the same weight class against one another. EOTTM is no stranger to offering tough, competitive match-ups to their fighters as they pitted their junior middleweight phenom Steven Butler against Brandon Cook earlier this year. Months later Canadian Fight Fans were treated to the country’s two top lightweights battling it out when Tony Luis and Cam O’Connell went to war in Ontario. Now it’s the light welterweight division’s time to shine and all eyes in the Canadian fight world are fixed squarely on this exciting bout Oct. 27.
Ulysse Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) has been red hot as of late, reeling off three straight victories in 2017 alone, including a showcase victory on HBO stopping previously unbeaten Zachary Ochoa on the David Lemieux-Curtis Stevens undercard.
“I’ll have to be able to keep my concentration for 10 rounds because it’s going to be tough,” the Montreal based fighter told Qubec media. “My opponent will do everything to win. This fight will allow me to add tools in my chest. [Claggett] is bigger and harder than [my last opponent] Sismundo. I will try to apply my style during the ten rounds. It’s good for me. I’ll learn more about him during the fight. It will take me to another level.”
Claggett (25-4-1, 17 KOs) has been surging in the last two years, twice headlining in Las Vegas where he clearly defeated Connor McGregor spar-mate Chris van Heerden (only to be robbed on the cards) and handed highly touted American Emmanuel Robles his first loss – both bouts were seen live headlining on CBS Sports on major network American television.
“Let’s just say this fight is going to show something that the boxing world has not seen from me yet. There have been many ups and downs in my life that not many people know about. That’s the life of a fighter. I picked it so I accept everything that comes with it, but these days I have my life in order. I’m focused, I’m hungry, I have the best team around me that I could possible have and the best trainer in my corner. We are a force to be reckoned with. We have created something special over here and Team Ulysses is going to find out exactly what kind of force we are on October 27. I want the whole world to tune in and let’s see who the best light welterweight in the country is.”
The bout is set to be held at MTelus, formerly the Métropolis concert hall on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal’s popular night district. It has been host to popular acts such as David Bowie, Beck, Kraftwerk, Radiohead and Coldplay over the years.
The October 27th gala is presented by EOTTM and InterBox in association with Vidéotron. Tickets are on sale via the Ticketmaster network at www.ticketmaster.com or from the MTelus ticket office on September 12th. For more information, visit www.eottm.com, www.interbox.ca, www.mtelus.com or call 514-616-4097.
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